Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, discusses the value of open source intelligence during the 2018 Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference on Aug. 13, 2018. (Brian Murphy/Defense Intelligence Agency)

How the Data Revolution Is Changing Special Operations Command

To stay competitive amid a data revolution, Special Operations Command is changing the way it fills intelligence gaps and verifies information, the organization’s leader said..

In the past, officials from the command collected data from classified and exquisite sensors and then filled in potential holes with information found in the open source, Gen. Raymond Thomas, the head of the command, said during an August 13 keynote at the DoDIIS conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

No more. Now, Thomas described, intelligence will begin with open source and then officials will fill in the gaps with information from classified channels.

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